It’s been a DECADE in the making! Since July 2008 the Burlington Slam Project (BSP) has been providing a platform for writers and performers of all styles to find their own voice and earn bigger opportunities, while entertaining and interacting with our audience, fans and friends.


JULY 19th we are celebrating 10 YEARS as we continue to provide a monthly open mic, a poetry slam, and a special guest feature spoken word artist to the City of Burlington, Ontario.


THIS IS OUR NON-COMPETITIVE SEASON. That means that this month’s poetry slam, while still tonnes of fun and awarding CA$H PRIZES to the TOP THREE, does not qualify or earn points towards making next year’s team. It’s a great time to try new material!


Got Something to Say?!

Every month we have an Open Mic (sign up and share anything for 5 minutes) and a poetry slam (a competition judged by the audience) where the top 3 win cash prizes. This month we will also showcase a special guest feature artist in their own performance set, courtesy of our umbrella non-profit Open Minds Respect Events (

You get all of this for ONLY $10! (PWYC)

Slammers and Open Mic ONLY $5!!!



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The 2018 Burlington Slam Project (BSP) Team consists of 2018 Grand Slam Champion, and Women of the World Poetry Slam rep, Robyn Kaur Sidhu, 2018 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam top ten finalist and winner of the Mississauga Arts Council award for emerging literary arts, Michelle Hillyard, 2017 Guelph Poetry Slam team member and Canadian Festival of Spoken Word finalist, Fira, and Hamilton resident and long time BSP audience member turned performer, Keeley. Robyn is a Humanities student at McMaster University who has recently published her first chapbook. Michelle is the workshop coordinator for the Mississauga Writers Group, and a mother to three amazing children. Fira specifically focuses on the topics of mental health, queerness, and healing through art and is an organizer for Voice of Today Youth Poetry Festival, happening in Toronto in the summer of 2018. Keeley has a flare for spaciously spiritual poetry inspired by everything from the cosmic to the commonplace and is currently working in childcare, while focusing on a future career in psychotherapy. With poems, buttons, chapbooks, and appearances both local and International on deck; the 2018 BSP team aims to inspire, entertain and engage audiences with a diverse range of styles and perspectives that channel honesty, challenge social norms, and bring forward a creative expression of the authentic human experience.

Come on out and see why poets from all over come to slam at “the bsp”.

Bring a friend or an enemy, take a shot at the open mic or come be a judge; it’s all a part of the show and we couldn’t have one without you!


This month’s event is brought to you in partnership with NUVO Network, a home to co-working space, production & post production studio space, event space, office space and much more. NUVO Network’s goal is to become a community hub for art, culture and technology; where we can all celebrate innovation, creativity and collaboration in the same space.

NUVO Network is located at 1295 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario, it is accessible, we will be in the Bistro Room and more info can be found at

While there will not be a full kitchen; we intend to have a catered event with food and drinks available for sale/donations.


$10 cover, or PYWC; $5 if you sign up for the Open Mic (5 slots, first come first serve).

Doors open at 7:30, and you can sign-up at the door!

Show starts at approximately 8:00 pm.


Hosted by Tomy Bewick

Volunteers are always needed; get in touch directly to inquire.

See you there,

@burlington_slam #bsp2018


For Slam Rules and Guidelines check out our blog:


“The Burlington Slam Project” is a sub stream of Open Minds Respect Community Events

Open Minds Respect Community Events is a non-profit organization


  1. Freddie Krueger

    thank you SO much for useing that picture for your wedsite 🙂 it means alot to me and i will be sure to atend the next slam 🙂

  2. I’m excited to see David Perez on July 21st!

  3. where is the October slam and who is featuring?

  4. KATALOG Issue 4: DIALOG
    Submission Deadline: November 11, 2011

    Language consists heavily of body, sound and text. We are looking for performance which uses the spoken voice and which pushes our understanding of language and communication. KATALOG is a performance based online publication that has the ability to include both video and sound. We are looking for submissions for an upcoming issue called DIALOG. In this issue of KATALOG we are seeking both traditional and loose ideas of the performance of spoken word.

    You can send your documentation / creations / writings / questions to submission@cccponline.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    To view past issues of KATALOG please visit

  5. Great Article. You do a good job. I appreciate it.

  6. I would strenuously urge people to catch Christian Drake. He is truly remarkable.

  7. If someone could shoot me an email, I would greatly appreciate it because I have a few questions about The Burlington Slam Project
    Thanks so much! 🙂

  8. Had an amazing time last night… was my and my friend’s first time out and we really enjoyed ourselves! So much talent in southwest Ontario!

    I especially enjoyed P.O.E. (winner) and Bawsome (not sure if I got his name right – 3rd place). In his 1st performance, a couple lines of Bawsome’s slam LITERALLY gave me chills and made the hair on my arms stand up!!! Visceral!

    • thanks for coming out Esther – glad to hear that you had a good time!
      please help us spread the word – we’ll do it again on the 3rd Thursday of November with a different feature artist and a new line-up of slammers vying for that top spot and $100 cash prize.

  9. Hi there,
    I was wondering.. Are your poetry slams available to audiences of all-ages?

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Yes, Katie, they are! We like to advice a bit of discretion – as there is no censorship on our stage, so poets can be found discussing topics of a sensitive or more mature nature, as well as using foul language, but we put no restrictions on age at our shows, or on our stage.

  10. If you want to perform a poem can you just show up and sign up the night of the event? Are there any requirements to be met?

    • Yup, just show up the night of the slam and when the host calls for sign up go put your name (or an alias) down on the list.

      There are no requirements. But if you want to compete in the slam there are some rules. If you find a little daunting then you might want to consider the open mic

  11. Hey! Around what time will Slam go until on Thursday evening (Aug 21)?

  12. I have a couple questions about the poetry slam, if someone can email me that’d be great!

  13. Do I have to sign up for the workshops at Tansley?

    • Hi Noor,

      We don’t do them at Tansley anymore, they are at Alton Village branch, 4th Thursday every month except July/August. They are free to whoever shows up; no sign-up required.


    • In case you are still interested – the workshops have resumed at Alton Village Public Library on the 4th Thursday of each month. You can find more information on facebook under the HYWire page.

  14. Do you have age restrictions for the slam poetry competition?

    • Hi Annika,

      We don’t have any age restrictions. We do say that it is not a “family show” as we do not censor content either and therefore there is the possibility of rough language and coarse subject matter.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.


  15. Could you please email me a list of events. If there is no open Mic in April is there performances by the competitors

    • Burlington Slam Project

      Hi Hannah, there is an open mic, just not an open poetry slam in April, as it is our “finals” to qualify our 2018 team.

  16. Can people observe the events in April or is it closed to the public

    • Burlington Slam Project

      Hi Hannah, admission is $10 to come and watch the poetry competition, and is open to all. Those that sign up for the open mic pay only $5.

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